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NY community mourns 4 children, father killed in fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York community is struggling to cope with the deaths of four children and their father in a house fire. A funeral on Friday in Watertown will celebrate the lives of Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old Skylar; 6-year-old Erin; 8-year-old Alexa and 14-year-o


High school wrestling: Garland looks to zoom past sets of threes, and be No. 1

DEXTER — South Jefferson/Sandy Creek’s Matt Garland is hoping success comes in threes for him at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. The senior grappler will be making his third trip in Division II at 120 pounds to the state tournament at the Times-Union Center in


Watertown School Bus Driver Admits Raping Student

A 25 year old man, who drove a bus for Watertown City School District, has admitted to raping a 14 year old girl he met while driving her bus. Shane Piche appeared Thursday in Jefferson County Court, where he pleaded guilty to third-degree rape.


Victims of fatal Watertown fire laid to rest today

WATERTOWN — The father and four daughters who died in last week’s heartbreaking fire will be laid to rest today. Aaron J. Bodah, 38, and his daughters Merissa, 14; Alexa, 8; Erin, 6; and Skylar, 4; died in the fire that swept through their home at 906 Myrtle Ave. during the early morning hours on Va


Upstate NY lawmakers rally public to save state prisons

A group of Upstate NY lawmakers has started a petition to rally the public against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for shutting down up to three state prisons by Labor Day. North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the online petition drive with Assemblymen Ken Blankenbush, of Carthage, and Mark Walczyk,


Boys basketball: General Brown cruises to win to reach semifinal

DEXTER — After just skating by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in the first round of the Section 3 boys Class B tournament, General Brown had an easier path to victory against Sherburne-Earlville in the quarterfinals.


Watertown man accused of falsely reporting theft to police

WATERTOWN, NY — Michael D. Yarbrough, 51, of 431 Stone St., lower apt., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 1:39 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at his residence with third-degree falsely reporting an incident.


Fort Drum Man Pleads Guilty To Rape

A 21 year old Fort Drum man has admitted to having sex with a teenager. Michael Estes Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday in Jefferson County Court to third-degree rape. Estes was charged in September with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.


Pop band Why Don’t We to perform at Chevy Court during NY State Fair

SYRACUSE, NY — Pop quintet Why Don’t We brings its harmonies and hits to a debut performance at Chevy Court during the 2019 Great New York State Fair’s Chevrolet Music Festival at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 29. All performances on Chevy Court are free with Fair admission.


New York State STAR program reimbursement by county

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The New York Department of Taxation released the latest data on the number of School Tax Relief (STAR) reimbursements by county. The latest data shows the number and amount of rebates for 2017. Hover over each county to see the number of basic exemptions, amount of basic reim


Woolworth Building Looks To Attract Businesses

Take a look at the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown and you notice a couple of things. One: its historic look. "It's a very attractive building," said Erich Seber, one of the building's owners.


Man who pulled Swedish royal jewel heist gets 4.5 years

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A 22-year-old Swede has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after he was convicted of stealing royal funeral artifacts said to be worth 65 million kronor ($7 million) from a Swedish cathedral last year.


Man sentenced to six years in prison for drug offenses; claims innocence, plans to appeal

WATERTOWN — A man who was convicted on drug charges last month was sentenced to six years in state prison Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. Leroy K. Holley, 39, was convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance at no


What happened overnight? Police blotter report for Thursday, Feb. 21

Need a local attorney? NNYLawyers.com JeffersonScanner.com. Michael D. Yarbrough, 51, of 431 Stone St., lower apt., Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 1:39 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at his residence with third-degree falsely reporting an incident. Police allege Mr. Yarbrough falsely reporte


New York State May Not Be Done With Amazon

There could be another chapter in the Amazon story for New York, even if the setting isn’t Queens or even any other borough but rather somewhere else in the state, Newsday reports.


Soldier & Dog Survive Suicide Bomber, Come Home To Fort Drum

This is Alec and Alex. The two were paired together at Fort Drum in 2016. It was the start of a long journey for the two. "I can't imagine a day without him to be honest with you. I mean he literally goes everywhere with me," said Specialist Alec Alcoser, 8th Military Working Dog Detachment, 91st Mi


Fort Drum man charged with DWI on Huntington Street in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Brock D. Bellomy, 20, of 20342 Bagram Rd., Apt. 307B, Fort Drum, was charged by Watertown police at 3:06 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the 1200 block of Huntington Street with driving while intoxicated, imprudent speed and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Watertown Admits Mistake, Releases Vote On Firefighters Union

The city of Watertown has admitted it made a mistake and has now released the results of a controversial vote involving the firefighters union. We're talking about a closed-doors meeting earlier this month where city council decided it would file for permission to appeal a union victory in the Court


More Wind Farm Proposals Pitched to New York State

February 21, 2019 — New York State has received bids from four groups proposing new offshore wind farms to feed the state’s electrical grid, including a proposal from the companies behind the “South Fork Wind Farm,” which have proposed a new “Sunrise Wind” project that if selected would be sited ove


Over 50 percent increase in last week’s north country flu cases

Local public health officials are still urging community members to get their flu shots, with Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties all seeing over a 50 percent increase in confirmed influenza cases last week.